When I give a golf swing lesson, I emphasize teaching the follow through before the backswing. I do this because I believe the finish position can tell you how the rest of your golf swing was executed.  Many times, a good follow through might even help “train” the other components of the swing… not having to think consciously about numerous positions might help you to make your most consistent, athletic swing.

THE ELEMENTS OF A SOUND FOLLOW THROUGH

There are three elements of a sound follow through. They are simple to observe and easy to feel so that a good finish can be learned and become habitual, leading to a consistent swing.

1CIRCULAR BODY ROTATION

Danielle Kang at the 2017 Solheim Cup | Photo: Ben Harpring

2UNRESTRICTED HINGE FOR SPEED AND ACCURACY

In Gee Chun – 2017 KPMG Championship | Photo by Ben Harpring

Your arms and wrist should feel “free” and “loose” throughout the entire follow through (secure hands, powerless arms)

The club shaft should be parallel to your ear line in the finish position

Only the club shaft should be lightly touching the back of your head…not the grip

You should feel your legs touch before you feel the shaft of the club touching the back of your head

Your left forearm should be 90 degrees to the club shaft

3CONSTANT SPINE ANGLE = TILTED EYES AT FINISH

Sung Hyun Park at the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship | Photo: Ben Harpring

The finish is the starting point for consistency in the golf swing.  Work on this and improve all aspects of your swing motion. The follow through is an important position in any striking or throwing sport. Do not neglect this athleticism in the golf swing!

Deb


LPGA Master Professional Deb Vangellow teaches at Riverbend Country Club in Houston, Texas. She is the 2012 LPGA National Teacher Of The Year, an LPGA and Golf Digest Woman’s “Top 50” Teacher, a Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine “Top Regional Teacher”, a US KIDS GOLF “Top 50 Master Kids Teacher” and a GRAA “Top 50 Growth Of The Game Professional”.

LPGA Teaching and Club ProfessionalsDeb serves as the President of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals Membership and is a longtime lead instructor in the LPGA Global Education Program. An educator/coach who offers wellness based developmental programming integrated into her “student centered” philosophy, Deb can be reached at 281-277-4653 or followed online at www.debvangellowgolf.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Feature image: Kelly Shon at the Indy Women in Tech Championship. All photos by Ben Harpring for Women’s Golf.